The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
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  1. 1
    + 9,050
    - 3,468

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 7,524
    - 2,798


    Running back

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  3. 3
    + 7,317
    - 2,337


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 7,811
    - 3,188


    Quarterback

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  5. 5
    + 5,410
    - 2,464


    Linebacker

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  6. 6
    + 4,803
    - 2,427


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 4,137
    - 1,795


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  8. 8
    + 5,901
    - 4,254

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  9. 9
    + 4,882
    - 1,923

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  10. 10
    + 6,221
    - 4,382

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  11. 11
    + 4,178
    - 2,069


    Linebacker

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  12. 12
    + 4,103
    - 1,850

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  13. 13
    + 4,004
    - 2,266

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 4,008
    - 1,913


    Quarterback

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  15. 15
    + 3,864
    - 1,860


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3,540
    - 1,572


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 3,771
    - 950

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 3,156
    - 1,208


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  19. 19
    + 3,022
    - 1,262


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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  20. 20
    + 3,121
    - 1,538


    Linebacker, Center

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  21. 21
    + 2,745
    - 1,638

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  22. 22
    + 3,099
    - 1,432


    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2,258
    - 1,171


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 2,933
    - 1,031

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2,378
    - 1,065


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2,201
    - 887


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 2,643
    - 1,403


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2,134
    - 1,356


    Tight end

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  29. 29
    + 1,846
    - 1,061


    Linebacker

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  30. 30
    + 2,163
    - 1,237


    Quarterback

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  31. 31
    + 1,770
    - 879


    Running back

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  32. 32
    + 1,744
    - 1,028

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  33. 33
    + 1,697
    - 965

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  34. 34
    + 1,442
    - 545

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  35. 35
    + 1,480
    - 479

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  36. 36
    + 1,484
    - 551

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  37. 37
    + 1,613
    - 786


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  38. 38
    + 1,877
    - 1,029


    Quarterback

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  39. 39
    + 1,823
    - 957


    Running back

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  40. 40
    + 2,137
    - 1,068


    Quarterback

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  41. 41
    + 1,464
    - 918


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  42. 42
    + 1,636
    - 1,007


    Running back, Return specialist

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  43. 43
    + 1,482
    - 819


    Free Safety

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  44. 44
    + 1,432
    - 600

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  45. 45
    + 1,807
    - 1,126


    Quarterback

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  46. 46
    + 1,659
    - 1,126

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  47. 47
    + 1,545
    - 810


    Tight end

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  48. 48
    + 927
    - 297

    ranked low on reranks & added by coolmiles
    Tight end

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  49. 49
    + 1,858
    - 997


    Quarterback

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  50. 50
    + 1,227
    - 824


    Cornerback

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